Big South Announces Women's Tennis Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Gardner-Webb junior Erica White (Charleston, W.Va.) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Tennis Player of the Week, while teammate Alice Hopkins (Birmingham, England) has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for matches played Feb. 13-19, it was announced today by the League office.

White went 2-1 last week with two singles victories to remain undefeated in individual competition this season.  She defeated Presbyterian's Paige Oelke 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles to help the Runnin' Bulldogs grab a road win in their Conference opener.  White then outlasted East Carolina's Yilan Zhang by a score of 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles to propel GWU to its first win over the Pirates in program history.

Hopkins was a perfect 2-0 in both singles and doubles action last week to help Gardner-Webb win matches against Presbyterian and East Carolina.  She first claimed victories at No. 2 singles (straight-sets) and No. 2 doubles vs. the Blue Hose, and followed with wins at the same flight against the Pirates.  Against ECU, Hopkins battled back to win a singles point, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, and teamed with fellow freshman Yasmin Doost to clinch the doubles point in the 4-3 team victory.

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Karolina Chernaya (Campbell), Patricia Alves (Presbyterian), Mia Drobnjak (Radford), Yasmine Alkema (Winthrop).

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Freshman of the Week: Katya Yegoreychenko (Campbell), Caroline deLoach (Presbyterian), Hannah Crawford (Radford), Ekin Gunaysu (Winthrop).

2012 Women's Tennis Players of the Week
Jan. 19 - Andressa Garcia, Winthrop
Jan. 25 - Giovanna Portioli, Winthrop
Feb. 1 - Yasmine Alkema, Winthrop
Feb. 8 - Alexandra Sheeran, Liberty
Feb. 14 - Rebekah Jenkins, Liberty
Feb. 22 - Erica White, Gardner-Webb

2012 Women's Tennis Freshmen of the Week
Jan. 19 - Monica Aguado, Winthrop
Jan. 25 - Ekin Gunaysu, Winthrop
Feb. 1 - Katie Fosnacht, Coastal Carolina
Feb. 8 - Hannah Crawford, Radford
Feb. 14 - Katie Fosnacht, Coastal Carolina
Feb. 22 - Alice Hopkins, Gardner-Webb